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By the way, Fall and Spring Nationals in many of the locations mentioned here (like Kansas City and Philadelphia) *can* have gorgeous weather. (KC Spring Nationals in 2001 and Philly Spring Nationals in 2003 for example.) By contrast, weather for Summer Nationals in places like Washington and Atlanta is almost guaranteed to be miserable.
Nov. 15, 2015
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I like nice weather, too, but I care the least when I am inside playing cards all day….
Nov. 15, 2015
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@ Steve Moese. If you can book ballrooms for the events on trivago.com, I am sure the ACBL would be interested in hiring you as a consultant.
Nov. 15, 2015
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On this round, not many. But if you double and bid 3NT over his 3 call, he does not need a six-card suit to go back to 4.
Nov. 15, 2015
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I'm more worried about ending up in spades with a 5-1 break if I double.
Nov. 14, 2015
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How sound are your openings as dealer? Ironically, I think if they are sound that favors raising to 4 here, since partner then might have a minimum with bad spades (i.e., honors in hearts and in his short suits), making 4 a reasonable contract. On the other hand, if you open light as dealer, partner will have good spades is he is minimum, and you won't want to be in 4 then.
Nov. 13, 2015
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More like to push them to 5 at IMPs, but on reflection you are right that with this hand that isn't worth the risk.
Nov. 13, 2015
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A different Butz quote could be construed as suggesting that bridge organizations rather than courts should pass final judgment on bridge cheating….
Nov. 12, 2015
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If partner has S KQxxx or better I am a favorite to set up the hearts by ruffing. If not, 5 will not be completely safe, but I hope it will be strongly odds-on.
Nov. 12, 2015
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I do indeed alert 3NT when I play with partners who have the agreement about suggesting a sacrifice. I don't think I should alert with other partners, but if people think I should I'd be glad to. It will likely work to my benefit when opponents start doubling ice cold games. (Just because 3NT might be a joke doesn't mean it usually is.)
Nov. 12, 2015
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What makes you think the auction will not end in notrump when partner has only 3 card support? Would he often want to be in notrump even if he thinks it's a 6-3 fit? After all, you are likely to be showing a balanced or semi-balanced hand with your rebid. Meanwhile you find the 5-4 fits without having to go through Stayman and tell them the rest of opener's distribution.
Nov. 11, 2015
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If you had mentioned that sooner, I suspect there would have been rather more votes for 3.
Nov. 11, 2015
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I get your point now. It might have been expressed more clearly the first time if you hadn't used the word “trust”, which implied you thought those whose style is to leave the double with a balanced hand are wrong.
Nov. 11, 2015
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I abstain. I would have asked the opponents to explain the redouble as different pairs have different agreements about it.
Nov. 11, 2015
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It's not a psych if your partner knows you bid 3NT over his 3 level preempts on such hands, in addition to hands that intend to play 3NT. It's an agreement. In fact, it's an agreement that has been recommended in the most important book on bidding ever written (Robson & Segal's _Partnership Bidding at Bridge_), where they recommend it (followed by running from the double) as specifically a way to invite partner to sacrifice in 5 of his suit.
Nov. 11, 2015
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Ellis, are you even reading the thread title? The context of your comments suggest you are confusing the FS and FN cases. (I don't think you actually are, just pointing out that you are not expressing yourself clearly.)

In any event, the vast majority (all? all but one or two?) of the posters here do not expect to be asked by the IBF to pass judgment on anything in an official capacity.

And I doubt they expected to be asked by any official body to pass judgment on FN if the discussions here had not taken place.

So your comments don't seem particularly relevant no matter how true they may be.
Nov. 11, 2015
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One of the most firm conclusions of the Bird/Anthias study on opening leads vs NT was just how bad it is to lead a weak six-card suit from a weak hand (especially when that suit is a minor and the opponents have not sniffed at a major-suit fit in any way).
Nov. 11, 2015
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I think you may be confusing bad partners and bad luck.
Nov. 11, 2015
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You can tell us 2 is GF but not how many diamonds it promises?
Nov. 11, 2015
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Gary, this is an international forum so your assertion is factually incorrect. Some jurisdictions, most famously Scotland, do have more than two possible verdicts.

(And frankly there are some proceedings in the US–forfeiture proceedings–where, while there are only two verdicts, the burden of proof is on the alleged wrong-doer to show he is innocent. I'm not saying it should be that way, but it is that way.)
Nov. 11, 2015
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